NATALIE WRIGHT

Speech, Drama, Acting

Natalie has a significant background in acting, singing and public speaking. Notable film, television and theatre experience includes roles in 'Shortland Street' (Core cast member), Xena, The God Boy (Auckland Theatre Company) and Anne of Green Gables (Auckland Children's Theatre). 
Natalie also has a close association with local Theatre groups having been awarded a Zony Award for Best Supporting Acress for her role as Linda in the Stage Right Production of Blood Brothers, and most recently for her portrayal of Madame Morrible in the Tauranga Musical Theatre production of Wicked. 
Along with her performing credits, Natalie has also been on the creative team as Director of 'The Little Mermaid Jr.' and 'Ladies Night. 
Natalie launched her business 'Wright Performance' on the Autumn of 2018 and has never looked back.
Natalie holds her ATCL from Trinity College London for Speech & Drama

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ELISE ROHDE

Singing & Musical Theatre

Elise was performing as soon as she could walk. Making her debut in Madame Butterfly at age 4, she has been an integral part of Tauranga Musical Theatre ever since. During her 30 years with the society she has participated in more than 70 shows - often as a member of the creative team or as a mentor to youth.

Notable onstage roles include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q; earning a Zony nomination for Leading Actress and The Baker's Wife in Into The Woods.

Elise has worked in almost every department of Musical Theatre both as a volunteer and in corporate entertainment focussing mainly on sound engineering and music roles which she believes go hand in hand for any great performance. In 2019 she was awarded the Zony for 'Best Sound Design' for her involvement in the Tauranga Musical Production of Heathers. 

Elise has also Musical Directed over 20 productions, most recently earning Zony nominations for Mamma MiaMary Poppins, Rock of AgesHeathers & Wicked; of which she was awarded the Zony for 'Best Vocal Direction of a Musical'. 

Elise recently also received a nomination for the TECT Volunteer of The Year Award, and was proudly awarded a life membership to Tauranga Musical Theatre for her services to committee, youth and as President for many years. 

Elise launched her vocal studio 'Rohde To Stage' in November 2019 and has found her happy place.